Stand-in ace Mark Lillis looked back on Huddersfield Town’s first win of the Championship campaign and insisted: “It’s the players who deserve the credit.”
Goals from Jacob Butterfield and full debutant Harry Bunn sealed the 2-1 victory at Reading which moved Town off the foot of the table and up to 20th as the search for a new manager continues.
The game was watched by a 15,035 crowd (481 Town fans) including Ollie Norwood, who looks set to complete a reported £1.2m move to Reading today.
“We had a game plan and I knew the players were with me,” said Lillis, who has chalked up two wins in his three games in charge.
“To come here and do what we have done typified what I am about and the lads played the way I want Huddersfield Town sides to play – with spirit and belief.”
Lillis brought in Bunn, whose goal was his first for the club, and Sean Scannell, and had words of praise for both.
“We looked at the Cardiff game, when we didn’t have a lot of width, and decided on the changes, and both of them contributed defensively as well,” added Lillis.
“One or two people might have raised their eyebrows at Harry being included, but I have trust in him and he played that role at Manchester City, so knows it.
“The first priority for each player was to get on with his own job and then I wanted them to help their teammates, and that’s what happened.
“It’s one of the best performances I’ve had as a manager or coach, and now we need to move on and be ready for Charlton on Saturday – a home game at last!
“The lads have had a bit of stick after the first two league games, but I think that performance has put a lot of pride and belief back into the club.”
The game was watched by owner-chairman Dean Hoyle, who is interviewing for the manager post.